3 Easy Healthy Christmas Treats Recipes You Need To Try
Here are 3 delicious, low-calorie, 3 healthy Christmas treats recipes. For these healthy treats, I used the most wholesome ingredients possible. They are very easy to make and taste just as good as their sweet counterparts! Satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt by indulging in these healthy Christmas desserts!
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Healthy Christmas Treats
Just like many of you, my favorite part about Christmas is the delicious food and treats!
Although I do believe that you should enjoy the holidays, I could not help but wonder, what if there was a healthy alternative to some of these Christmas desserts?
Long story short, I decided to take on this challenge and put together 3 Healthy Christmas Treats Recipes!
You probably already know these Christmas treats, but now it’s time to meet their healthy cousins!
- Nanaimo Bars
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Ferrero Rocher
A few notes on these healthy recipes…
All three recipes are low-calorie, heart-healthy and made with very wholesome ingredients. For example, the main sweet agent used in the Nanaimo bars is Medjool dates.
Medjool dates are high in fiber and antioxidants. In fact, some studies have even shown that they can promote brain health! Win-Win.
I like to bake with oat flour because it is high in fiber and protein. Similarly, almond flour or even coconut flour would work beautifully with these treat recipes.
Moreover, for the sweet agent, I use maple syrup. Maple syrup is high in antioxidants, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It’s just tree sap after all!
The Nanaimo bars and the Ferrero Rocher require no-bake time. The gingerbread cookies require just 8-10 minutes of bake time.
So time-wise, these healthy Christmas treats recipes are the least time-consuming desserts you’ll ever make!
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1.Nanaimo Bars – Healthy Christmas Treats
Starting the list with a Canadian classic! Traditionally, Nanaimo Bars are made with sugar, custard powder, butter icing, etc.
However, for this healthy recipe, I have replaced all these calorific ingredients, with the healthiest alternative I could find.
For the bottom layer
- 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (Always look for no sulphites!)
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I used 0% fat)1/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons oat flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 cup blanched almonds
Here’s the easiest way to blanch almonds
- Firstly, boil a pot of water
- Secondly, put the almonds in the boiling water. Let them boil for only 1 minute. No more no less.
- Lasty, remove the skin easily by squeezing the almonds out.
8 oz Dark Chocolate
- Line a baking dish with parchment paper.
- In order to make the bottom layer, put in your blender the pitted dates, almonds, shredded coconut, and cocoa powder. Blend until the mixture looks crummy and sticky. If it doesn’t look sticky yet, add a splash of water. Blend again.
- Add the mixture to the bottom of your dish, patting it down firmly. You want to create an even bottom layer.
- To make the filling, add your coconut oil, coconut milk, greek yogurt, dates, blanched almonds, oat flour and almond milk to a blender. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour over your bottom layer, then put it in the freezer to set for 1 hour.
- Once the base has set, pour your melted dark chocolate over the filling. Place in the freezer for the chocolate to set, for 1 hour.
- Finally, cut into your desired size, preferably in squares. Pro Tip: Let your Nanaimo bars sit to thaw for about 5 minutes. Run a knife under hot water, then cut into them. This will assure the top layer won’t crumble as much.
Amazon tools and ingredients I used for this Healthy Christmas Treat.
- Glass Baking Dish
- Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Coconut Flakes NO Sulphites
- Medjool Dates
- Cocoa Powder
- Coconut Oil
- Dark Chocolate 85%
2. Gingerbread Cookies – Healthy Christmas Treats
Another Christmas staple! These cookies were so delicious even without the icing! However, if you do want to add the icing, you can. I chose not to because I wanted to make them as healthy as possible!
- 1 cup and 6 tablespoons almond flour
- 3/4 tsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Firstly, in a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Then, in a separate bowl mix the egg, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir in the maple syrup. Slowly add the flour mixture, stirring as you go, until fully mixed.
- Place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap, then place another sheet of plastic paper on top of it. Roll the dough into a rectangular shape. Careful, don’t roll it too thin! Place in the fridge for about an hour.
- Next, preheat the oven to 325F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Assure your dough has your desired thickness. That will determine the cookie thickness as well. Time to shape your gingerbread cookies using your gingerbread cookie cutter! Roll and reuse any unused dough. That way you can get as many cookies as you can!
- Lastly, bake for 8-10 minutes. Leave the cookies on the tray for about 5 minutes, then move them onto cooling racks.
Amazon Tools and Ingredients I used for this Healthy Christmas Treat.
3. Ferrero Rocher – Healthy Christmas Treats
Obviously, this one doesn’t need much introduction! A Christmas favorite all around the world. This healthy version is so good, you won’t believe it’s made with wholesome ingredients!
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- (optional) 1 tbsp coconut oil (in case the mixture doesn’t stay together.)
- Firstly, preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread your hazelnuts on the sheet. Roast for about 15 minutes. Let them sit for about 10 minutes because they will keep roasting even once they’re out of the oven.
- Keep aside a handful of hazelnuts, that you will be using for the center of your Ferrero Rocher.
- In a blender or food processor, add your hazelnuts and mix them until they are chopped into small pieces. If they get too dusty, switch to chopping them up with a knife. You want them to be small but not too fine.
- In a small bowl, add the salt, maple syrup, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Add only half of the chopped hazelnuts. Mix well until everything has blended.
- In a different small bowl, add the other half of the chopped hazelnuts. This will be where you will roll the Ferrero Rocher, to give them that hazelnut coating.
- Take 1 hazelnut at a time, and roll it into the chocolate mixture. Make it into a bite-sized ball. Then, roll it into the chopped hazelnut bowl, until it’s fully coated. Continue until the chocolate mixture is out.
- Place the Ferrero Rocher onto a plate, lined with parchment paper. Freeze them for at least 30 minutes, so they harden.
Amazon Tools And Ingredients Used For this Healthy Christmas Treat Recipe.
I hope you all enjoy these Healthy Christmas Treats Recipes! At the end of the day, Christmas comes around just once a year, so if you still want to indulge in any Christmas treats after you’ve had these healthy ones, I am right there with you!
I wish you a Merry Christmas, and fun-filled holidays, whether you are spending them alone or with friends and family!
I love this! One of my missions in life is to recreate delicious food with healthier and/or lower calorie versions. I will pin this and add to my recipe list!
Thank you so much!
I love finding healthy alternatives to sugary treats too!
You’ll love these ones, mine are already gone 😆
Love your choice of ingredients in the sweet treat recipes. I never heard of Nanaimo Bars. They remind me of Tiramisu, which is covered in chocolate. I like it because it looks interesting.
Nanaimo bars were my favorite out of the three, they are a Canadian staple 😃 I love multilayered desserts! So much good flavour!
Wonderful post! all info are so useful 🙂
Im keen to try nanaimo bars, ive just heard of nanaimo island in BC 🙂 Love these Christmas healthy seeet treats.
I’m so excited for you to try them 😃 these ones are a bit tweaked so they are healthier, but they taste almost like the original sugary one! Very easy to make too 😃
I always eat lots of junk food on Christmas!! This time I’ll try to stay in track ! Thank you very much !!!😊😊
So glad I could help Konstantina 😊😊
These all look yummy. Plus heathy win win.
Great post! I could defs use these recipes haha I always do some sort of Christmas baking but its not healthy at all! Thanks for these ideas 🙂
Those gingerbreads are so cute!
Fantastic recipe sharing, I have saved your blog and I will be giving these a while with my daughter.
Merry Christmas 🎄
I’ve been eating too many sweets, thank you for sharing these healthy recipes!
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